Wednesday, August 11, 2021

age of discovery

3/4 oz Blackstrap Rum (Cruzan)
3/4 oz Mezcal (Mezcal Union)
1/2 oz Maraschino (Luxardo)
1/4 oz Turbinado Sugar (Demerara)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice, and garnish with nanche berries or a cherry (Woodford Reserve cherry).
Two Wednesdays ago, I spotted the Age of Discovery in an Imbibe Magazine article on Maraschino liqueur recipes. The drink was crafted by Kehlen Selph at the Pastry War in Houston and originally published in Emma Janzen's Mezcal book; Kehlen was inspired by "a drink called the Cucaracha Rum, a blackstrap-heavy cocktail from a 1920s bar in Mexico City called La Cucaracha Cocktail Club," and to that concept, she added mezcal to the mix. In the glass, the Age of Discovery proffered mezcal, cherry, and caramel-molasses aromas to the nose. Next, a dark, rich sip ventured into mezcal, nutty cherry, dark rum, and allspice flavors on the swallow.

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